A Eulogy for the Internet

A Eulogy for the Internet

Today, February 25, 2014, Tuesday, at the exact time that this blog was posted, the internet has died.

Along with the death of the internet, I am sorry to inform all of you that this blog has died with it.

In fact, I am extremely sorry to inform all of you that it is not only my blog that had died, but also my personal Tumblr, my Twitter account, and my Facebook account.

I am, again, extremely sorry to inform all of you that it is not only my accounts that had died, but many other accounts as well.

You, my dear readers, are at the brink of death. This is a dark plague that is consuming, not only the internet, but most importantly, the fuel that keeps it thriving – free speech.

On February 11, the Supreme Court ruled that the cyberlibel provision of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 is constitutional, effectively silencing our clicks and our keyboard tapping.

We once had an even playing field – one where we can openly criticize our officials whenever they commit graft, or plagiarize.

We once wielded a power which brought together citizens to act against social injustices.

We once were free. The internet was once free. Now, we must silence our criticisms in fear of being jailed for 10-12 years, double the sentence for other forms of libel.

Yes, this may be a deterrent against cyberbullying. But do they really think that an ordinary person would spend time, effort, and money to file a libel suit against a horde of netizens who called him “bobo” because he plagiarized?

Let’s face it. Anti-libel provisions are there for the rich, famous, and powerful. And since we are mere citizens, we cannot do anything about it but die.

So, today, we die for freedom. We die for our right to freely speak – especially if we speak truths.

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the People Power Revolution wherein the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue turned yellow as the Filipino people revolted against a dictator.

Today, we celebrate democracy by fighting its suppression. Today, our EDSA is on social media. Today we don’t turn yellow – we turn black. Today is the day we die in protest of the oppressing bill.

Join us and fight for your rights this #BlackTuesday.

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